Intro and Policy Information for Mrs. Mergner's Classes 2018-2019 School Year
- Mrs. Mergner teaches all middle school 8th grade Religion and Reading for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Mrs. Mergner has been teaching at the Middle School level since 2002. She currently holds certifications in secondary Biology, secondary Religion, and Grades 4-9 English/Language Arts. She has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grades in Language Arts,Reading and Religion in different capacities over the last 16 years at Mother Catherine Spalding School and now Mother Catherine Academy.
Prior to teaching hear at Mother Catherine, Mrs. Mergner taught at St. Mary’s Ryken High School teaching senior Religion classes in World Religions and Christian Spirituality.
Back to School Packet (recopied for information purposes)
August 28, 2018
Dear MCA Middle School Parents, Guardians, and Students,
I wish to welcome everyone to MCA. for the new academic year; it promises to be both challenging and rewarding. It is hard to imagine that the summer is so close to being over and that classes starting tomorrow. We are trading in suitcases for book bags and bathing suits for uniforms... but most of us are ready to get back to our friends and the structure that the new year will bring.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the Middle School welcomes two new teachers: Mrs. Quade in the 8th grade homeroom teaching Science and Social Studies, and Ms. Pickeral in the 7th grade homeroom teaching Language Arts and Computers. This year I will be sharing the 6th grade homeroom moderator duties with Mr. Kramer, and I am excited about the opportunity to have the rising 6th graders as my “family” in homeroom.
In addition, this year my role will change slightly as I will be teaching only the Religion and Reading classes for the middle school level. Over the past 17 years, I have taught all middle school levels of Language Arts, Reading, and Religion in different combinations. This year the mantle of Language Arts will pass to Ms. Pickeral, and she and I will work together to meet the academic needs of our middle school students in ELA instruction. While Reading and Language Arts have always been a joy for me to teach, I feel especially privileged to be teaching the Catholic Faith in our Religion classes for all Middle School grades for this upcoming school year.
In the areas of Language Arts and Reading, I am a strong believer in the power of communication. My classroom focus for all three grades will be designed to raise the students’ awareness and effectiveness of the oral and written presentation of ideas. Students will be exposed to all types of writing, and come to understand characteristics of and the various purposes for the different types of writing styles. Furthermore, the Reading curriculum will again incorporate an independent reading component for the grades assessed via the Accelerated Reader program instead of written book reports. The Accelerated Reading will be assessed and incorporated into the overall Reading grade for each quarter. Expectations for all students will be outlined in class the first week of school. I believe my job is to challenge each student to develop active reading and critical thinking skills which in turn prepare them to succeed in the higher learning environments of high school and college.
Religion instruction in 6th Grade will be devoted to the study of the Ten Commandments and The Mass in a way that helps to direct the individual student’s formation of conscience and to provide guidance in living the Teachings of Christ in order to live a Christian life. In 7th grade, the Religion curriculum explores God’s Plan of Salvation through Revelation and Scripture to the Life of Grace in the Traditions and sacramental life of the Church in a way that helps the student to live the moral life to which we are all called by Christ. Finally, In 8th Grade Religion, the focus will be on preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and the role of the Church in carrying Jesus’s teachings to the world in the current age; we will study the role of the Holy Spirit in the Church as she is today and in her history from the time of the early Christians. This focus on the role of the Holy Spirit in Church History will be addressed as part of God’s overall Plan of Salvation which has existed since Time began.
I look forward to a productive year of learning. Please know that I see all my students as my own “children” and that I want the same thing for each student that their loved ones at home want, and that is for each and every student to feel safe and secure, to be respected for the talents that each brings to the school community, and to be given the opportunity to learn to the best of their ability.
Homework, long term assignment and project details can be accessed on my webpage which can be viewed through our school’s website, www.mothercatherine.org. From the homepage, the student and the parent can access the individual classroom assignments by clicking on the Our Classrooms tab and then their grade level from the drop down menu on the right hand side of the page.
**Please note that Middle School teachers will each have a personal webpage that will address the homework and project assignments for their particular subject areas. My personal webpage, will list information for the following subject areas:
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Reading
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Religion
Grades are earned, not given! Student grades will be a compilation of quiz, test, homework, and class participation grades in all my subject areas. The percentages to which these parameters are factored into a student’s grade are subject dependent.
- 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Religion:
****8th grade Daily Prayer will count as a QUIZ grade —30 %
Unit tests (most projects assigned fall into the test category) —40%
Class participation – 15%
- 7th and 8th Grade Reading: ** NOTE: Accelerated Reader requirements and percentages vary from 6th grade to 7th and 8th grades as I have different expectations of the older students.
Tests – 40%
Homework – 10%
Class participation –10%
Accelerated Reader tests (2 self-selected independent reading books required per quarter) –15%
- 6th Grade Reading:
Class participation –15%
Accelerated Reader tests (2 self-selected independent reading books required per quarter) –10%
- HOMEWORK and PROJECT Due Dates are subject to a "3-strikes you're out!" Policy -- for every day an assignment is late from the date it is due, a student has 2 more chances (original date Plus two more days) to turn in the assignment for HW credit. For each day the assignment is late, the HW credit will drop by 10 points. After the third day, the assignment will be given a "zero" for HW credit. IF the assignment is a project, the project will still be accepted after three days (NOT counting excused absences) and graded, but not receive HW credit.
Please contact me if there is ever a concern about your child’s performance or welfare. I can be reached at school until 3:30 or 4:00 p.m. most afternoons with the exception of Tuesdays, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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